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    The road through Lower Cascades Park is closed to motorized vehicles during the pilot road conversion project. The road is closed between the Lower Cascades Park playground and the IMI quarry entrance; bicycle, pedestrian, and other non-motorized vehicles only are allowed on this section of the road. Learn more about the pilot road conversion project, and find a link to leave your feedback via an online survey, on the Lower Cascades Park Road Conversion Project web page.


    Picnic Shelters

    The Waterfall Shelter and Sycamore Shelter are available for rent. Picnic shelter reservation information and availability can also be found online.

    See a list of reservable picnic shelters in city parks.

    Sycamore Shelter - Located in the lower portion of Cascades Park. Bathrooms (open seasonally) are a part of the building, and the shelter has grills, electrical outlets, lights, fireplace, water, drinking fountain, playground access, and a large parking lot. It is wheelchair accessible. Maximum capacity: 75 people. During the summer of 2021, a significant streambank erosion project, and construction of an extension of the Cascades Park Trail and of a boardwalk to the park's waterfall will require the presence of large earthmoving equipment, which will be staged in the park. The Sycamore Shelter will remain open for rental and for use, although visitors are urged to use caution and be aware of increased traffic in the park during the construction period.

    Waterfall Shelter - This shelter has electrical outlets, lights, a fireplace, playground access, grills, drinking fountain, and a volleyball court nearby. Maximum capacity: 75 people. Pedestrian access to the Waterfall Shelter is via a paved trail from the parking lot south of the Lower Cascades Park playground, where a bridge crosses the creek. There is no vehicle access to the Waterfall Shelter.

    During the summer of 2021, a significant streambank erosion project and construction of a boardwalk to the Cascades waterfall and extension of the Cascades Park Trail will require closure of the Waterfall Shelter from May 1 through December 31, 2021. The shelter will not be available for rental or for use during that time.


    Lower Cascades Park Ballfields

    Lower Cascades Park has two 200' fenced fields with lights. Lower Cascades ballfields are located at 3601 N. Old State Road 37, north of the Sycamore Shelter and the playground. For reservation information, call 812.349.3774. 



    One of the city park system's largest and most accessible playgrounds is located at Lower Cascades Park. Seasonal restrooms are available just south of the playground.